Healthcare Quality and Safety

Guide to the Health Information and Quality Authority’s review of nutrition and hydration in public acute hospitals

Date of publication: 
Friday, July 24, 2015

This guide outlines the Authority’s monitoring and quality improvement programme for unannounced inspections of patients’ nutrition and hydration in public acute hospitals. The aim of the programme is to review the arrangements in place to ensure that patients are adequately assessed, managed and evaluated to effectively meet their individual nutrition and hydration needs.

Linking learning to National Standards: How recommendations from previous HIQA investigation, statutory inquiry and review reports (2009–2015) relate to specific National Standards for Safer Better Healthcare

Date of publication: 
Tuesday, July 7, 2015

HIQA has produced a substantial amount of recommendations and learning for public hospitals in Ireland through its various investigations and other regulatory work. This document communicates some of this learning to support public hospitals to implement the National Standards for Safer Better Healthcare to generate an awareness of how the Standards relate to real-world care delivery.

Guide to the Health Information and Quality Authority's review of antimicrobial stewardship in public acute hospitals, 2015

Date of publication: 
Friday, June 26, 2015

The guide outlines why the Authority has decided to focus on this patient safety issue, how the review process will be conducted, and what the desired outcomes from this review will be.

Guide: Monitoring Programme for unannounced inspections undertaken against the National Standards for the Prevention and Control of Healthcare Associated Infections

Date of publication: 
Thursday, May 28, 2015

This guide explains the approach that the Authority takes when monitoring the compliance of acute hospitals with the National Standards for the Prevention and Control of Healthcare Associated Infections. It refers to unannounced inspections only.

Speaking notes, Phelim Quinn, CEO of HIQA, at the INMO Annual Delegate Conference 2015

Date of publication: 
Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Speaking notes, Phelim Quinn, CEO of HIQA, at the INMO Annual Delegate Conference 2015

Overview of inspections in public acute hospitals against the National Standards for the Prevention and Control of Healthcare Associated Infections

Date of publication: 
Thursday, March 19, 2015

This report reviews the findings of unannounced hygiene inspections carried out by the Health Information and Quality Authority in public acute hospitals between February 2014 and January 2015. These inspections are carried out to check whether or not hospitals are meeting the National Standards for the Prevention and Control of Healthcare Associated
Infections.

Draft information governance and management standards for the health identifiers operator in Ireland

Date of publication: 
Thursday, March 12, 2015

Health is information-intensive, generating huge volumes of data every day. Health and social care workers spend a significant amount of their time handling information, collecting it, looking for it and storing it. It is therefore imperative that information is managed in the most effective way possible in order to ensure a high quality, safe service.

Review of pre-hospital emergency care services

Date of publication: 
Tuesday, December 2, 2014

HIQA has published its review of pre hospital emergency care services, including ambulances. It contains 12 specific recommendations and other opportunities for improvement which HIQA believes will increase the safety and quality of pre-hospital emergency care services that are provided by the HSE’s National Ambulance Service and by Dublin Fire Brigade.

Recommendations for a more integrated approach to National Health and Social Care Data Collections in Ireland

Date of publication: 
Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The Authority has published six recommendations for a more integrated approach to national health and social care data collections.

National collections in Ireland have evolved over time in a largely uncoordinated fashion. This results in service users being asked to provide the same information on multiple occasions. This in turn prevents the safe, effective, transfer of information.

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